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Secure Software Tips for Software Engineers

The information that is at the heart of every business relationship and process is in danger. Cyberattacks are a prime target of today’s software, from presidents signing executive orders on cybersecurity data breaches that cost companies millions.

Software engineers have the ability to make security a core aspect of their development however, they must be trained and equipped. In an upcoming Twitter Space conversation, New Relic’s Harry Kimpel & Frank Dornberger discussed the importance of developing an attitude of security that goes beyond app vulnerability to include integrity of applications and reliability of the system.

It’s important to make it clear that security is an integral part of the SDLC from requirements development through release and testing. It’s also helpful to use a reputable framework like the NIST Secure Software Design Framework (SSDF) to add structure and consistency to your team’s efforts and help ensure that they adhere to the best practices.

Because they are likely to be patched frequently, using popular and well-maintained libraries and frameworks can reduce the attack surface of your software. Similarly, ensuring that all third-party software components are scrutinized for security issues and in accordance with your company’s policies could be beneficial. To better understand the risks associated with open-source components, it’s a good idea to keep a bill of materials that covers all of your components.

The most effective security is integrated in the daily practices of work and team culture. To foster a healthy, co-operative culture, promote team happiness, and improve team communication, which could result in better and more sustainable software security.